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Crime Writers of Canada

Come celebrate 35 years with us in the Nation’s Capital!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Three deliciously themed events
Thirteen Criminal Minds

A SERVING OF MURDER
Books on Beechwood
11:00 – 12:30  T.E. Wilson & Melissa Yi
12:30 – 2:00  Robin Harlick & Katherine Prairie
2:00 – 3:30  Brian Lindsay

A PERFECT CRIME
Perfect Books(Elgin St)
12:00 – 1:15  Barbara Fradkin
1:15 -2:30  Patricia Filteau
2:30 – 3:45  Mike Martin
3:45 -5:00  Melissa Yi

PLENTY OF CRIME FOR CHRISTMAS
Chapters South Keys (South Keys Shopping Centre)
12:00 – 1:00  Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini) & Linda Wiken (aka Erika Chase)
1:00 – 3:00  Madona Skaff & Linda Wiken
3:00 – 5:00  Jim Napier & Nick Wilkshire

 

CCW Festive Dinner

WHEN:  Wednesday December 13, 2017

TIME:  6 p.m.

WHERE:  TONY CAPONE’S ITALIAN GRILL, 2369 Carling Ave., Ottawa.

Come for dinner & conversation about mysteries.  Our after dinner speaker is CCW member Jim Napier.  Jim worked in academia teaching writing and crime fiction.  He also runs the web site www.deadlydiversions.com.  Upon his retirement, Jim took up writing full time.  His first Colin McDermott mystery, entitled LEGACY: SOMETIMES GOOD INTENTIONS AREN’T ENOUGH was published in 2017.  Copies will be available for purchase.

Seating is not unlimited.  PLEASE EMAIL Michael Murphy at m.murphy345@hotmail.com if you wish to reserve seats.  Include your name and the number of people in your party.  PLEASE RESERVE BEFORE WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2017 AT 5 P.M.

June 21 PUB NIGHT: COME HEAR THE WINNING SHORT STORIES & FÊTE OUTGOING PRESIDENT MICHAEL MURPHY

CCW will convene for dinner, readings by the winners of the Audrey Jessup Short Story contest 2017 at the Barley Mow on Bank Street (1060 Bank St), https://barleymow.com/locations/ottawa-bank-street-pub/ on Wednesday June 21.  The event begins at 7 p.m.

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, PLEASE EMAIL filteaupat@gmail.com, BY MONDAY JUNE 19 AT 5 P.M.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE NUMBER IN YOUR PARTY.  RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WELCOME.

June 10 Prose in the Park 2017

Prose in the Park 2017 takes place on Saturday June 10th in the Parkdale park. CCW members will be interested in the Emerging Crime panel which is moderated by Melissa Yuan-Innes (Yi) CCW member and author of the Hope Sze series.  She will be joined by authors and CCW members Jim Napier who just launched his debit novel and Patricia Filteau author of the Kate Roarty P.I. series.  They will be joined by Crime writers Catherine Astolpho and Michael Blair. Come and discover the wide variety of local authors.  Please go towww.proseinthepark.com for directions, program and information. The festival runs 1100-1800. The Emerging Crime Panel begins at 1600. All Crime writers can be found at Tent 7 where Mike Martin, author of the Sgt Windflower series will also join this gang in crime writing. All participating authors in the Emerging Crime panel and Tent 7 have just released new novels. 

Crime beat: CCW meeting and festive dinner details

Homegrown terrorism

The focus of this November’s Capital Crime Writers meeting is homegrown terrorism. Homegrown terrorism has been an issue for years.  It includes criminal actions by white supremacists, radical Islamists, skinheads and perpetrators of hate crimes.  The speaker has studied the issues and possesses a broad knowledge of the topic.

When and where

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7 p.m.
Where: Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room (2nd floor)

Festive dinner

The CCW festive get together features Barbara Fradkin, CCW member and author of the Inspector Green mysteries. Books will be available for sale.

Seating is limited (about 35). To reserve your seats, email pastpresident@capitalcrimewriters.com. Include your name, the number of guests in your party and a phone number

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6 p.m.
Where: Capones Italian Grill, 2369 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Get the scoop on self-publishing at OPL

The Ottawa Public Library and Capital Crime Writers are joining forces to bring in industry experts to help you publish your work,  boost sales, use social media effectively, and choose an editor.

When and where

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON
Sponsors: Capital Crime Writers and the Ottawa Public Library

Speakers and schedule

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Self-Publishing via Kobo Writing Life

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Have you heard all the hype about self-publishing? Interested in checking it out but not sure where to start or whether it’ll be worth it? In a two hour session, Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations, Mark Leslie Lefebvre will describe the current state of the publishing industry, including the many different options available for authors. In the first hour, he’ll summarize various traditional publishing options and describe what types of author projects might be best geared towards indie publishing.

In the second hour, Mark will offer advanced tips and advice for authors who are already self-publishing and are looking to increase their sales across multiple sales channels. He’ll also provide specific strategies that will help authors maximize their global sales via Kobo.

About Mark
Mark Leslie Lefebvre oversees Kobo Writing Life in his role as Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations. He draws upon three decades worth of bookselling and personal writing experience in this insightful, informative and entertaining presentation. Mark also is published in non-fiction and horror fiction under the name Mark Leslie.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Doing Social Media the Right Way

Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin

It’s pretty much a given that authors need to be on social media these days, but if you’re subjecting your followers to a constant barrage of “buy my book,” you may be doing your marketing efforts more harm than good. Join local author and social media enthusiast Linda Poitevin for a look at how to maximize your online presence the right way – and pick up some new social media marketing tips along the way.

About Linda
Linda Poitevin is a writer possessed of both a light side and a dark one. On the dark side, she’s the author of the Grigori Legacy, an urban fantasy series featuring a hard-as-nails cop caught up in the war between Heaven and Hell. In her lighter moments, she writes the sweet and funny Ever After contemporary romance series.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Editing for Self-Published Authors

As an author who has self-published multiple books, Linda Poitevin knows firsthand how expensive self-publishing can be—and how tempting it can be to skip certain steps in taking your book to market. She also knows all the reasons why a professional edit should never be one of those skipped steps. Drawing on experience and observation, Linda will share with you why the all-important edit is so important, and offer suggestions on where to look for an editor that will fit with your needs and your budget.

Stacey D. Atkinson

Stacey D. Atkinson

Do you need an editor for your self-published book? In this panel session local editor Stacey D. Atkinson will discuss the four types of editing, costs, time frames, and resources available to you. She’ll also describe the role of the editor versus the role of the author/publisher. Learn about the editorial process followed by a question and answer period.

About Stacey
Stacey D. Atkinson is a freelance editor and award-winning author. She began Mirror Image Publishing in 2012 with a goal to offer writing, editing, and publishing services to authors, bloggers, and the business community. Previously, Stacey spent over a decade working for the federal government in the areas of sustainable development and arts funding. Stacey is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a board member of Editors Canada.

Brenda Chapman interview and gift-card contest

Bitten by Books is running a live, world-wide Q and A chat with Brenda Chapman on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at noon Mountain time. Pre-register and get points for draws – a $25 Amazon gift card or copies of Butterfly Kills. On the day, you just need to check in, and take part if only for a question or comment or two, from anywhere in the world.

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-brenda-chapman-interview-and-amazon-gift-card-contest-317-rsvp-here/

Brenda Chapman launches Butterfly Kills

Plan to help Brenda Chapman celebrate the launch of Butterfly Kills on Sunday, February 8th from 2-4 pm at Whispers pub in Westboro. This is the 2nd in the Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series – Books on Beechwood will be on hand to sell copies. All are welcome.

Adrienne Stevenson's photo.
Butterfly Kills
A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
By Brenda Chapman
Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town’s Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment.
In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women’s pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Kala Stonechild, one of Rouleau’s former officers from Ottawa, suddenly appears in Kingston, Rouleau enlists her to help.

Stonechild isn’t sure if she wants to stay in Kingston, but agrees to help Rouleau in the short-term. While she struggles with trying to decide if she can make a life in this new town, a ghost from her past starts to haunt her.

As the detectives delve deeper into the cases, it seems more questions pop up than answers. Who murdered Leah Sampson? And why does Della Monroe’s name keep showing up in the murder investigation? Both women were hiding secrets that have unleashed a string of violence. Stonechild and Rouleau race to discover the truth before the violence rips more families apart.

Forensic anthropologist cracks historical Canadian murder cases

417-9_EVITE_JULY15On Tuesday, July 15th, 7:00 pm at the Ottawa Public Library on Metcalfe Street, join us for a presentation by world-renowned forensic anthropologist and historical crime author, Dr. Debra Komar, on how she uses her modern forensic skills to turn some of Canada’s most notorious historical crimes upside down.

Along with meticulous archival research for her books, Dr. Komar proved the innocence of those who swung at the end of a nineteenth-century hangman’s rope, creating reverberations in the modern-day courtrooms of the country.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler is the second of four books planned by Komar about historic crimes in Canada.The first in the series, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler

“Her body lay broken in the sitting room. Blood pooled thick and glutinous around her head. A container of homemade preserves lay half-eaten beside her, a spoon still cradled inside. The bloody fingerprints on the handle beckoned a sickening thought: her assailant had paused to eat the jam after killing her.”

So begins The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, a shocking story about the state-sanctioned lynching of an innocent outsider wrongfully convicted of killing a teenage white girl in nineteenth-century Nova Scotia.

On a cold winter night in 1896, fourteen-year-old Annie Kempton was home alone having a taste of freedom without parents or family around. Sometime before daylight she was wrenched from her bed, a violent struggle ensued, and her throat was slit.

Peter Wheeler was an itinerant labourer of African descent who had finally found a home in small town Bear River. Uneducated and too trusting of authority, Wheeler was bewildered at the reaction when an inquest witness seemingly pointed out a lie in his testimony.

From then on Wheeler was placed atop the suspect list by authorities, where he stayed until swinging dead from the hangman’s rope.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler tells the tragic and fascinating story of how an isolated Victorian community, with an unsophisticated inquest panel, was influenced by an arrogant detective who fancied himself a media darling.

With conservative mores left traumatized in the wake of a young girl’s vicious murder, and the salacious headlines splashed across the local newspapers in a yellow journalism war, Wheeler never stood a chance.

Debra Komar spent months meticulously researching in libraries, museums, and archives to prove the hapless Peter Wheeler wasn’t the killer, and examines how authorities denied him justice with a rush to judgement.

She uses her formidable forensic skills along with riveting prose to draw readers into an investigative page-turner that leaves you astonished at the outcome.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debra Komar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, Komar has investigated human rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights and testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America. She is the author of the book Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice for Oxford University Press (2008). Komar’s first historical crime work, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, was released to critical acclaim in 2013.